work in Vodafone

years  1999 - 2005 

started to work for Vodafone (Oskar), where I have learned a lot about GSM networks. I got also a lot of trainings for Microwave planning, Network planning, GSM/GPRS, WCDMA, SDH, DXX Fiber Optics, HLR, SS7/Map Signalling etc.  I appreciated  that during these trainings, I visited  some foreign countries like Sweden and learned Ericsson technologies.
Besides of work of regular transmission engineer, I have also myself learned several programming languages Visual Basic, MapInfo Mapbasic, SQL databases and basics of webdesign. I got also trainings regarding TCP/IP and  Microsoft SQL server, XML. My work was appreciated because I automated a lot of processes in our department including planning of possible visual connectivity in the network, link budget, and even detailed ordering of Ericsson hardware.  My software was easier to use than the commercial "expensive one", because it  used data directly from database, and I also knew work of transmission engineer in depth. With my software there was no need to re-type or export data to any other software. During this time I also became expert on database structure design, and I for example figured out how to store all microwave network into database. Despite it might sound easy retrospectively, I was really a team rebel, when I first  started to store microwave links not only towers or sites to the database. 

The bottleneck of  work in Vodafone was  for me though, that there was still a lot of administrative and routine work, and also a lot of paperwork. And this was originally almost whole work of transmission planner. But innovation is my second name,  and so  I helped to make this process much more easier using automation. Last SW project I made for Vodafone was software which automatically scanned all the data from paper Testcom calculations and stored them into  company database. Testcom calculations had many important informations about the links like frequency, transmitting power, height of antennas above ground, antenna configuration and size, their elevation an direction. It's necessary to track such information in order to ensure that there is no jam in between the microwave links. And there is a world record that Czech Republic still holds. It's a country with highest microwave link density in the world, therefore Testcom institution was really needed.